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Apply for free wisdom teeth removal from Beacon Oral; be wary of COVID-19 scams

Apply for free wisdom teeth removal

With the COVID-19 outbreak putting an economic strain on families, a local oral surgery clinic is offering two students complimentary wisdom teeth extractions to help alleviate financial concerns.

Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons created the Wisdom For Wisdom program to support high school or college students during the pandemic. The application period is open through Thursday, April 23. To apply, students will watch a video about the wisdom teeth removal procedure, take a short quiz, and submit a 250-word essay about what they learned.

Students can apply at beaconoms.com/wisdom

Beware of COVID-19 fraud

Oregonians should be wary of several new fraud schemes seeking to exploit the evolving novel coronavirus emergency by targeting vulnerable groups.

Scammers have devised numerous methods around COVID-19, including:

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  • Testing scams — fake at-home test kits being sold door-to-door

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  • Treatment scams — fake cures, vaccines, and advice on unproven treatments for the virus

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  • Supply scams — fake shops, websites, social media accounts and email addresses are claiming to sell medical supplies and high-demand items like surgical masks. Fraudsters will pocket the money and never provide the supplies

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  • Provider scams — scammers are contacting people by phone and email, pretending to be doctors and hospitals demanding payment for treatments of a friend or relative with COVID-19

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  • Charity scams — solicitations for individuals, groups, and areas affected by COVID-19

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  • Phishing scams — scammers pose as national and global health authorities, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are sending emails designed to trick recipients into downloading malware or providing personal/financial information

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  • App scams — scammers are creating mobile applications designed to track the spread of COVID-19 to insert malware that will compromise devices and personal information

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  • Investment scams — online promotions on various platforms, including social media, claiming the products or services of publicly traded companies that can prevent, detect or cure COVID-19. The idea is to trick people into investing in a company set to dramatically increase in value as a result of curing the virus

    Precautions can be taken to avoid scams. Independently verify the identity of any company charity or individual contacting you about COVID-19. Do not click on links or open email attachments from an unknown source, and ignore offers for a COVID-19 vaccine or cure. Be wary of anyone requesting payment by cash, wire transfer or gift card.

    If you or someone you know believe you've been the target of outbreak-related fraud, call the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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